Extraordinary Fall 1979 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Blue Silk Dress w Metallic Gold & Silver Detail
This exceptional dress is by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior and it is a wonderful example of his work during this time period. We’ve dated it to the Fall 1979 collection based on the runway photo we found that shows a dress with the same fabric. It is a very easy and comfortable dress to wear but has such a beautiful glamour to it. I feel that it perfectly represents this time period. His work was integral to the label's development over the decades that he headed the atelier and this is a stunning example of his vision. Beyond that it is just an extraordinarily beautiful dress.
This dress is incredible. It is super light and very easy to wear. The outer layer of it is a fine silk chiffon that is shot through with a gold and silver thread pattern that covers the entire dress. The metallic thread is woven through the silk and it catches the light from every angle as you move. The neckline is softly scooped and the dress has no sleeves. It is cut in a very twenties silhouette with a long bodice and dropped waist seam. It is meant to skim over you. The skirt billows out from under that with two wide layered tiers of chiffon. At the back it buttons at the neck and then has a keyhole for a glimpse of skin to show. Below that is a row of silk covered buttons. You can wear the dress in this very loose and easy way or you can use its matching silk tie belt to cinch it in and add shape through the waist. The dress actually comes with two separate ties. One very skinny extra long sash that you can use around the waist and then there is also a very long wider cut scarf/sash that you can wrap around the neck. You can also wrap the wider one around the waist for a softer look and to draw in the shape more as a wider belt. I've shown it in the photos a couple of different ways for you. The wider one could probably even be worn it as a turban. I love that these extra pieces give you a lot of versatility on how you can wear the dress. Once on the body the skirt in particular has incredible movement. Each layer in the skirt is made of several yards of fabric and there's another layer of a blue silk chiffon underneath the bottom layer. The fabric is so light that it will move with your slightest movement. It is very easy to wear but packs a tremendous amount of style with the two tone metallic thread and that spectacular fabric and cut. It is made to demi-couture standards. Excellent overall condition with one note below.
The dress is line with a blue silk chiffon. It buttons at the back as described above. It comes with two sashes as described above. Hand finishes throughout. The bias cut and easy shape should allow it to fit a range of sizes. There is a bit of a fade mark that runs down one side that is very light. Please see the photos after the label shot. Once on you would never notice it.
Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam at dropped seam: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 25" from top of shoulder to dropped seam at top of skirts
Skirt: 32" from dropped seam at top of skirts to longest point of hem
Total length: 57" from shoulder to longest point of hem
Skinny sash: 156" x 1.5"
Wider sash: 124" x 19"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Fall 1979 Christian Dior Runway.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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